Procurement Category Manager - Chemicals


Discover Opal


As part of the Nippon Paper Group, Opal is one of Australasia’s leading packaging and paper companies and we employ more than 4,500 team members across our operations.   We manufacture goods that you see, touch and use every day and our customer base includes some of the biggest names in FMCG, Retail and Fresh Produce.  

We stand for innovation, smart solutions and sustainability and this is an exciting time to join us as we build our own unique culture fuelled by confidence, energy and passion.  


Discover the Opportunity


Our group procurement function is a centralised service supporting each of our six operating divisions.   This team is responsible for the development and execution of best-in-class procurement processes in order to drive effective sourcing strategies and contract management in line with strategic priorities and business needs.    Now is an exciting time to be joining this team as we strive for greater synergies across our divisions and build our One Opal approach to our procurement and supply chain operations. 


As the Category Manager, Chemicals you will take accountability for the development & execution of the strategy for this $150m category.  This will include;


  • Providing strategic direction to your business stakeholders and responding to and identifying strategic sourcing opportunities within the Chemicals category
  • Mitigating business risk through a comprehensive supplier accreditation framework to incorporate social/ethical, safety, technical, quality and commercial standards.
  • Establishing & maintaining strong relationships with our supply partners to deliver optimal and sustainable value
  • Developing collaborative working relationships with internal business stakeholders to enable successful delivery of the agreed procurement strategy
  • Managing our spend compliance and leakage reporting
  • Providing support in other indirect categories as required


Discover Yourself


We are able to offer a varied career journey with experiential learning gained from cross-functional and lateral moves.    We embrace diversity in all its forms and we look for curious individuals who thrive in an environment of change.    Specifically for this role, we expect you will have;


  • 5-10 years’ experience in procurement with previous exposure to chemicals and/or commodity categories.  Previous category management of a similar size is preferable.
  • Previous experience operating in a large, matrix organisation with plenty of stakeholders
  • Strong negotiation and supplier/contract management experience
  • Previous experience with SAP Ariba highly regarded
  • Degree qualifications in a relevant discipline (Engineering, Supply Chain, Commerce)


Discover more… by contacting Kathy Head on 0418494015 or jump right in by hitting the apply button now.


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